Public Interest Auction

March 31, 2022

The Public Interest Auction is an annual event that brings together the entire law school community to raise funds for public interest fellowships and other public interest initiatives. This popular event draws hundreds of students, faculty, alumni, and friends. With the generous support of businesses and donors, participants get to bid on a wide array of experiences and luxurious items while also trying their luck with some irresistible raffles!

Donate money to support public interest work! Visit the Auction site!

2022 Auction

This year’s auction will feature both online and in-person components, beginning on March 29, 2022. Auction events will be infused with the enthusiasm and decor of the 1960s and 70s and will highlight notable public interest alumni across the decades. You will see how the legacy of these outstanding alumni is tied to the ongoing work of our current public interest fellows, demonstrating how they are continuing the fight for equal justice for all. 

Questions? Contact our student Directors Jenna Codignotto ([email protected]) & Olivia Piluso ([email protected]).

How to participate in the auction:

1. Register at the auction website when it is live so you’re ready to bid on 3/29! 

2. Donate Money or Become a Sponsor

Monetary donations of any amount are always welcome! Please visit our donations page to learn more.

If you are interested in serving as a sponsor, please see the opportunities below. All sponsors will be recognized on our auction website. Please contact Brian Woods at [email protected] to become a recognized sponsor.

$6,000           Full Public Interest Summer Fellowship in Your Name

$2,000           Partial Summer Public Interest Fellowship

$1,000           Full Spring Break Service Trip

$500+            Partial Spring Break Service Trip

Tax Deductions: Donations are tax deductible. A donation receipt can be provided. 


Thank you for your support of the Public Interest Auction!

No donation is too small! Our committee builds collections of small items to put into themed baskets. Below are some popular auction items.

  • Gift cards (i.e. Seamless, GrubHub, restaurants) 
  • Electronics
    • Noise cancelling headphones 
    • Bluetooth Speaker / Smart Home Device (i.e. Google Home, Alexa) 
  • Designer Bag (that can work for professional purposes - i.e. fit a laptop) 
  • Sports Memorabilia 
  • Books
  • Wine
  • Local Florist “Fresh Flower” Delivery 
  • Kindle 
  • Amazon Prime Gift Membership for a year (Raffle) 
  • Streaming service subscriptions 
    • Netflix for a year
    • Hulu 
  • Other Subscription Boxes (i.e. Hellofresh, Fab Fit Fun, etc.)
  • Jewelry 
  • Professional Photographer Photoshoot (Professional Headshot or Personal Pic) 
  • Tickets to sporting events
  • Art / Home Decor (i.e. candles) 

Please contact our Solicitation Chairs to brainstorm ideas.

Olivia Piluso 3L
[email protected]

Jenna Codignotto, 3L
[email protected]

Please send donation items to the address below along with a copy of the donation form.

St. John’s University School of Law
Ashleigh Georgia Kashiamwo
Belson Hall 3-41
8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY 11439

If you have general questions about this year’s auction, please contact:

Olivia Piluso 3L
[email protected]

Jenna Codignotto, 3L
[email protected]